High Ceiling And Good Company For Tall Zak Crawley

A tall Zak Crawley scored a superb 267 vs Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl

Tall Batsmen A Rarity

Tall would be an understatement for Zak Crawley.

The greatest batsmen in the world are usually of a low centre of gravity. For instance, legendary greats such as Bradman, Ponting and Tendulkar were all under 6 feet tall.  Similarily contemporary greats such as Smith, Babar and Williamson also all stand under the 6 foot mark.

A tall Zak Crawley, at 6 foot 4, does not have a low centre of gravity. Nevertheless, Crawley has a well balanced, agile technique with the ability to play forward and back on both sides of the wicket.

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However the Kent man has good company amongst the ranks of tall England batsman.

Kevin Pietersen

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 26: Kevin Pietersen of England hits the ball during day one of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Standing at 6’4″, KP is an all time great England batsman. Pietersen won multiple Ashes series, a T20 World Cup and was the scorer of over 12,000 runs in all forms of international cricket. In doing so Pietersen used his height and reach to take apart many a bowler.

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Graeme Hick

Graeme Hick batting for England during the NatWest Series ODI Final between England and Zimbabwe at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, 22nd July 2000. England won the match by 6 wickets. (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

At 6’4″, Worcestershire’s Graeme Hick was a destroyer of county attacks. Early in his international career, Hick found the going tough, especially against the formidable West Indies. For the most part his height and raised back lift did not help his cause.

Hick promptly changed his technique by adopting a lower stance at the crease and the runs flowed. Hick amassed 11 international centuries over his career. This should have been 12 were it not for an infamous Michael Atherton declaration in Sydney leaving Hick stranded not out on 98.

Tony Greig

England captain Tony Greig celebrates reaching his century during his innings of 103 in the 2nd Test match between India and England at Eden Gardens, Calcutta (Kolkata), India, 5th January 1977. The wicketkeeper for India is Syed Kirmani. England won the match by 10 wickets. (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

The late Tony Greig was a colossal 6’6″ tall. The former England captain had a memorable test career scoring 3,599 runs at an average of 40, and taking 141 wickets along the way. He lead his adopted country on 14 occasions including an Ashes success and a famous series win away to India.

Good Company For Tall Zak Crawley

So as Zak Crawley embarks on his international career, the Kent batsman is in very good company. History has shown being of a high centre of gravity is no impediment to success. He has all the skills necessary to be a terrific batsmen for England, for many years to come in international cricket.

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